Quadrantids meteor shower to take place overnight Thursday into Friday

The meteor shower is expected to be visible in the Northern Hemisphere, especially mid-northern and far-northern latitudes, if weather conditions allow.

Asia, Europe, South America will also get the treat of seeing a partial lunar eclipse on 16th of the same month, with the lunar eclipse reaching its peak at around 5:30 p.m. ET (21:30 UTC).

The Quadrantid meteor showers are known for being slow-moving and colorful, including green, yellow, pink and light blue. The best hours are late night and early predawn-and tonight is when the show is going to reach its peak. "The reason the peak is so short is due to the shower's thin stream of particles and the fact that the Earth crosses the stream at a perpendicular angle", NASA explains.

'Fireballs are larger explosions of light and colour that can persist longer than an average meteor streak.

The best time is between midnight at about 6am in the morning. If you venture out away from city lights Thursday evening and night and look for the Big Dipper, your chances of seeing a healthy amount of shooting stars are pretty good.

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They will be visible across the northern hemisphere, including in the UK.

The constellation Quadrans Muralis, first observed and noted in 1795 between Bootes and Draco, was not included in the International Astronomical Union's list of modern constellations.

On its website, NASA advised those keen on watching the celestial event to lie flat on their back, facing northeast.

'Be patient-the show will last until dawn, so you have plenty of time to catch a glimpse'.

For the best viewing, make sure to give your eyes time to adapt to the dark.

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